The Loom

Archives for November, 2007

Rules of the Swarm

Not much blogging this week–I’m heading out to California to receive the National Academies prize I wrote about a while back. In the meantime, let me direct your attention to my lead article in this week’s Science Times section of the NY Times. I wrote about swarms, herds, schools, gaggles, and other crowds of animals,…

cdesign proponentsists in motion

I agree with Phil that it’s a good term. In fact, when I have to talk about intelligent design, these slides are how I illustrate its evolutionary roots.

1. From this week’s crop of new tattoos: Abraham writes: “I got mine in grad school (PhD materials science and applied physics, 2004 Cal). The tatoo is a convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED) image of 6-4 Ti alloy (hexagonal, or beta phase) one of the first ‘super alloys’. Being light-weight, high-strength, and corrosion resistant, I…

Springtime Will Be Complicated

This is a new and fascinating map. It shows how next spring is probably going to come early here in New England, as it has come earlier and earlier for the past few decades. But in Florida it will probably come late. Both changes stem from the same source: our carbon addiction. I explain why…

Workshop Update: New Time, New Podcast

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I’ll be teaching a workshop in January at Yale about science writing. The response has been fantastic, with 90 people signed up at my last count. What makes the response particularly interesting is that a couple subjects of my own articles (like this) will be coming. So I…

Bony Beauties

I am a bone geek, I confess. On my bookshelves are a bunch of coffee-table books full of skulls, femurs, and xyphoid processes. They include From Lucy To Language, loaded with hominid remains, Human Bones for our current anatomy, and Fossils for a quick hit of Deep Time. An excellent addition to this sub-sub-genre is…

Talking, Past and Future

I’ve updated the talks page on my web site after a long stretch of neglect. I’ve included links to podcasts and video of previous appearances, and what information I have at this point about upcoming talks. It’s going to be a fairly busy spring, with talks hither and yon on extinctions, whales, Darwin, and science…

Spelling, Shpelling

Sorry about the mistake on the last post’s headline. (Vengeans? Sort of like vengeful vegans?) Spell-checkers have turned my brain to mush.

“Here is a picture of my serotonin tattoo. I don’t know that it needs much more explanation than it’s my favorite neurotransmitter.”–Hayley I thought there were more science tattoo out there. Last week brought nothing, but this week brought the collection up to 85.